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This article introduces the concept of early application of pressure therapy as a form of splinting in the pregrafting phase. It is based on the principles of (1) the use of pressure therapy to reduce contraction and hypertrophic scar formation and (2) the knowledge that most wound contraction occurs within the initial few weeks of healing. This idea has most application in facial burns, where wound contraction can be disfiguring and functionally disabling, and in situations where unavoidable delay in debridement and grafting may be present. The idea is illustrated with a case report.

Original publication

DOI

10.1097/00004630-199511000-00014

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Burn Care Rehabil

Publication Date

11/1995

Volume

16

Pages

641 - 645

Keywords

Adolescent, Burns, Cicatrix, Contracture, Facial Injuries, Humans, Male, Masks, Pressure, Skin Transplantation